ICSR (Soldering and Reliability) Conference Proceedings

Electroplating of Cu in TSV and Characteristics of Low Alpha Solder Bump

Authors: Dohyun Jung, Myung Hoon Roh, Jun Hyeong Lee, Soonjae Lee, and Jae Pil Jung
Company: University of Seoul
Date Published: 5/14/2013   Conference: ICSR (Soldering and Reliability)

Abstract: Three-dimensional (3-D) packaging is a popular candidate to meet the demands of high density packaging and miniaturization of electronics. Especially, 3D packaging with TSV (through-Si-via) has advantages of shorter electric path and smaller bonding area. In TSV electrical conductive material is filled, and Cu-filling by electroplating is most popular one. Meanwhile, the soft error, the temporary malfunction of electronic devices caused by the effect of radiation, became a momentous issue in high density electronics packaging. Solder was found to be one of the major sources of radiation in electronic devices. In three-dimensional packaging, the solder bumps are very close to the active Si devices, where even the low energy alpha ray can induce soft error, which needs to choose the low alpha solder in packaging. For high density packaging, Cu electroplating to TSV and characteristics of low alpha solder bumps were investigated in this study. A straight via with a diameter of 60 µm and depth of 120 µm were drilled in a Si wafer by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) process. Cu was filled to the via by electroplating where the current waveform of a periodic pulse reverse (PPR) was applied. The LC3 class of low alpha solder bump having a composition of Sn–1.0Ag–0.5Cu (SAC105) and a diameter of 80 µm was formed by reflow on a UBM (under bump metallurgy) and on a Cu-filled TSV. For estimating the shear force of the low alpha solder bump, high speed shear tester (Dage 4000HS) was used, and for the fracture mode analysis, scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was employed. As experimental results, Cu filled into TSV showed a typical bottom up filling. The shear force of low alpha SAC105 bump increased with increasing shear speed from 10 to 1,000 mm/s, which depends on kinds of bump pads. Brittle fracture tendency increased with increasing shear speed. The properties of low alpha SAC105 solder were comparable to those of normal solder.

Key Words: 

TSV (through silicon via), electroplating, low alpha solder, high speed shear test

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